March 11, 2014

No. 15 Rice Up Next For Baseball

CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas A&M – Corpus Christi baseball team will compete in its final game prior to Southland Conference play, as it travels to Houston to matchup with Rice on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

The Islanders (6-11) are coming off of a tough series with Valparaiso, where they took command of the series with a win in the opener before the Valpo pitching staff found a groove and allowed only one run in the doubleheader on Saturday to clinch the series.

Despite winning its series this weekend, Rice also had a tough weekend, as the Owls had to use eight pitchers over 27 innings in a doubleheader split against Old Dominion on Saturday after winning the series opener.

Rice (10-6), which ranks as high as No. 15, will have to expend some more arms Tuesday night, as it hosts TCU the night before the Islanders come to Reckling Park. This has delayed the Owls in naming a starter for Wednesday's game until after the matchup with the Horned Frogs. However, the entire staff has been strong for Rice this year, as they have a team ERA of 2.25.

On the mound for the Islanders will be junior Kevin Landgrebe, who will be making his second consecutive midweek start. Last week, Landgrebe made his first start with A&M – Corpus Christi, and threw well, going four innings and giving up two runs on six hits.

On the season, Landgrebe has made eight total appearances with a 2.84 ERA by giving up just four runs in 12.2 innings pitched.

Offensively, the teams tout nearly an identical batting average, as the Islanders are hitting at a .250 clip, while the Owls have a batting average of .251. However, the Owls have come up with a few more timely hits, as they have knocked in 21 more runs than the Islanders in one less game.

Brandon Tierney now leads the team in batting average, as he has hit .304 up to this point of the season. With three walks and seven hit by pitches he also has the second-highest OBP at .429. Tyler Ware leads that category, as he has also been plunked seven times to go along with a team-high 11 walks to reach base in nearly 44 percent of his at bats.

Leading the way at the dish for Rice has been Skyler Ewing, as he has 21 knocks in 65 at bats for a .323 average. Ewing also leads the team in home runs (3), slugging percentage (.492), runs (10) and on base percentage (.392).

This will be the 14th meeting between the two schools with the Islanders still in search of their first victory against Rice, including an 0-9 record against the Owls on the road.

Following this midweek contest, the Islanders will return home for their first league action of the year, as Central Arkansas will come to Chapman Field for a three-game series starting on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

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